Without the contract extension he signed Wednesday, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would have entered the final season of his rookie contract with a lot of uncertainty.
Coach Jim Harbaugh is pleased that the $115 million extension that locks up Kaepernick through 2020 removes that storyline from the upcoming season. Kaepernick becomes the sixth-highest paid quarterback in the NFL in average money per year.
“I think it was a great life-changing moment for Colin, for our team,” Harbaugh told reporters on Friday at the 49ers practice facility in Santa Clara.
“I’m equally as excited about it. Colin is a great football player and a great teammate, and also going through a season now not having to think about contracts or questions about longevity, and maybe pressure on him to put up certain statistics or numbers. Now he’s in a position where he knows, and our team knows, and Colin can grow as a player, and I’m most excited about that.”